Hazel Helen Arthun, 91, of Absarokee, who had ranched for more than 40 years with her husband, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, in Laurel Health and Rehabilitation Center in Laurel.
She was born in Killdeer, N.D., on Dec. 23, 1920, the sixth child of Nels and Josephine (Starling) Nelson. She attended school in North Dakota and went to Idaho to be with her sisters when she was 16.
She moved to Absarokee in 1940 and worked for Martha and Harry Arthun as a cook and housekeeper. She married Harry Arthun in 1941 and ranched on Butcher Creek until his death in 1985.
Mrs. Arthun was a 4-H leader and a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church. She spent her retirement years in Idaho, Laurel and Arizona before moving back to Montana in 2000.
She had received care from Gail Ott and Home Health of Stillwater Hospital, from Laurel Health and Rehabilitation and from Rocky Mountain Hospice.
Survivors include children, Olga Blanchard of Buckeye, Ariz., Bertha Spurgin of Absarokee and Donald Arthun of Absarokee; a sister, Ethel Nelson of Laurel; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, at Dahl Funeral Chapel in Billings. Graveside services will be in Rosebud Cemetery at 2 p.m. Feb. 3, with a reception following at Don and Thale Arthun’s residence.
Memorials may be made to Skip’s Kids in Absarokee or the Absarokee Volunteer Fire and Ambulance Department.